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Bangladesh is one of the world’s most densely populated countries, with more than 166 million inhabitants. 85 of the population is under the age of 24. It is the fourth largest Muslim country in the world. Nearly 90% of the population is Muslim, 8% Hindu and less than 1% is Christian.
In 2011 the Christians in Bangladesh came together forming a ‘Forum for Unity’. This Forum resulted in the establishment of our local partner organization, and has adopted the media project as a positive approach in proclaiming the Gospel. Since November 2014, our partner organization has succeeded in obtaining airtime for social Christian programs.
Bangladeshis are allured by television. According to a recent survey in Bangladesh (Nielsen) 70% of the population has access to TV, the most popular medium. This means that millions of people in Bangladesh are being reached with the life changing message of the Gospel. Explicit evangelism is not possible in Bangladesh at this time, but every episode contains a Bible verse or conveys Biblical values. At the end of each program contact information is provided, giving viewers the opportunity to respond to the program. Follow-up is given by a counselor who may pray with viewers and/or refer them to a local church.
This is an exceptionally unique opportunity and a remarkable answer to prayer! The programs are now broadcasted weekly on prime-time Friday evening on NTV, the best watched national drama channel in Bangladesh.